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Dynasty Black Friday Specials (2020 Fantasy Football)

by Aaron Schillinger | @aaron_schill | Featured Writer
Nov 27, 2020

Buy Cam Akers now before he gets more notice and his value jumps.

If you’re reading this, your dynasty leagues either still have trades open or don’t have any trade deadline rules in place. Some of my leagues have trade deadlines that are typically around Thanksgiving, while others I’m in don’t have any trade deadlines. Regardless of what your opinions are on trade deadlines in dynasty leagues, many leagues still have trades open and that’s why you’re here. Black Friday is here and I’ll be looking at some players who are coming at a discount right now in your dynasty leagues. Whether you’re looking to make a playoff run or building for the future, here are some players that may be worth targeting right now in your dynasty leagues.

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Cam Akers (RB – LAR)
First up is the rookie out of Florida State, Cam Akers. Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown have led the way for this Rams backfield this year, Henderson is currently the RB24 in PPR and Brown is the RB33. Akers is very fun to watch and as the Rams have slowly been getting him more involved, his potential is starting to get some notice. According to our FantasyPros dynasty rankings, he’s the RB18.

Akers is very versatile, athletic, and catches the ball well out of the backfield. For the rest of this 2020 season, I don’t expect the Rams to lean heavily on Akers, but they’ll likely stick with a committee approach. Akers was one of my favorite backs in this talented rookie class, and from a long-term perspective, I’m still absolutely in on him. If your league doesn’t have trade deadlines, you might be able to wait a few weeks and let his price get lower, but I really think he’s going to continue showing off his talent and this is the cheapest he’s going to get. I’m buying now before he gets more notice and his value jumps.

Deebo Samuel (WR – SF)
This might be your last chance to buy Deebo Samuel before his price goes back up. Heading into the 2020 season, Samuel’s value was very high and he was being drafted as a WR2 in many dynasty startups. He’s currently the dynasty WR32, but I really think this should be higher. Samuel has played in just four games this year and is outside the top 100 in PPR for wide receivers. Samuel is a versatile weapon that the 49ers are absolutely going to need and utilize in this offense moving forward. He’s averaging 10.2 points per game when he’s on the field and he’s been out since Week 7 with a hamstring injury. I expect his value to jump after a couple of games back, so this is the cheapest his price is going to be for a while. Buy him before he takes off.

Odell Beckham Jr. (WR – CLE)
When it comes to Black Friday deals, there are often times some very cheap deals that are just too good to pass up. Whether you are a believer in Odell Beckham Jr. or not, his price tag right now is just too cheap to pass on. Many owners are writing him off and believe he’s only being valued anymore due to name value alone. Beckham isn’t young either, he turns 29 in November, which may make his price even cheaper. Beckham is obviously not the elite dynasty wide receiver that he once was, but anyone that watches him play knows he has all the talent in the world. Every season that he’s played 12 or more games, which is five seasons, he’s finished with 1,000+ yards, 100+ targets, and the lowest number of receptions he’s had is 74. I’m not saying Beckham returns to WR1 status, but the talent is simply too good to give up on and the price is at an all-time low. If you’re not winning now, he’s someone I’d gladly buy and stash him on my bench or injured reserve.

Jimmy Graham (TE – CHI) and Rob Gronkowski (TE – TB)
If you’re looking to win now, one of the cheapest options out there at the tight end position to acquire is Jimmy Graham. Most owners were totally out on Graham heading into the 2020 season, and Graham has been a pleasant surprise. Graham is currently the TE11, making him a low-end TE1 this year. His involvement in the red zone has been nice as well, with 13 red-zone targets, he’s got the sixth-most red-zone targets in the NFL.

I included Rob Gronkowski in here as well because although he was obviously getting more hype than Graham, most owners weren’t expecting him to amount to much. He’s currently the TE13 on the year and like Graham, has a very nice playoff schedule. It’s taken Gronk a few weeks to get going and used to playing football again, but he has a touchdown in four of his last six games, after starting off the season virtually irrelevant for fantasy purposes. Both of these tight ends are very cheap in dynasty leagues, and if you’re making a playoff run, they’re worth trying to acquire if you need some tight end help.

David Montgomery (RB – CHI) and Tarik Cohen (RB – CHI)
This next running back is someone who isn’t going to put up ridiculous fantasy numbers, but he has a nice floor as an RB2. David Montgomery of the Bears is currently the RB21 on the season with nine games played, averaging 12.3 PPR points per game. He’s found the end zone just twice this year and has caught 30 of 41 targets. Montgomery is ranked as the dynasty RB22 overall, but I definitely think that a low-end RB2 is his absolute floor. The volume that he has been getting gives him solid upside with a safe floor, and I’d buy him now before he comes back and starts producing with a very easy remaining schedule.

In addition to Montgomery, his teammate Tarik Cohen is a nice value right now as well. He’s not coming back anytime soon after his season ended with a torn ACL in Week 3. Most dynasty owners expect Montgomery to lead this backfield, which I agree with, but Cohen has a nice, safe floor with his production in the receiving game. In 2018 and 2019, he averaged double-digits in PPR fantasy points per game, as he saw 91 and 104 targets in those years. While I do like Montgomery to get the bulk of the work, if you don’t want to pay up for Montgomery or don’t need the production right now, Cohen is a much cheaper buy.

Denzel Mims (WR – NYJ) 
Denzel Mims won’t be the cheapest buy right now, but he was a very talented prospect in this class and now that he’s healthy, he’s started to show what he can do. He’s been active just since Week 7 and had 10+ fantasy points in his last two games. Jamison Crowder will likely continue to see the most targets, but I expect Mims will get his share the more the Jets get him going. As he continues to get involved with this offense, I expect him to see more targets moving forward and this is likely the cheapest he’s going to be.

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